Compare the female characters in DH Lawrence’s ‘Tickets, Please’ and Thomas Hardy’s ‘Tony Kytes, the Arch-Deceiver’. What are the differences and similarities between the ways they react to the male characters?
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Compare the female characters in DH Lawrence's 'Tickets, Please' and Thomas Hardy's 'Tony Kytes, the Arch-Deceiver'. What are the differences and similarities between the ways they react to the male characters? Both DH Lawrence's 'Tickets, Please' and 'Tony Kytes, the Arch-Deceiver' deal with relationships between men and women and the rejection of women by men. At the beginning of 'Tickets, Please', Annie is 'peremptory' and 'one of the fearless young hussies' that controls the tramcars. At the end after Annie and John Thomas' roller coaster-like relationship, it is clear that something has 'broken' in her. Annie tried very hard to keep John Thomas at 'arm's length', which is emphasised by its repetition, whereas, in 'Tony Kytes', the women are almost desperate to marry Tony Kytes. But in the end, after Hannah Jolliver had refused Tony Kytes, Unity Sallet will not take Hannah's 'leavings' and walks away but looks back to see if Tony is 'following her'. In the end, Tony ends up with Milly, after-all as she doesn't believe that Tony 'didn't really mean' what he had said to them. In 'Tickets, Please', the women cope with their rejection by attacking him, and in 'Tony Kytes' the women cope with rejection by secretly wishing to marry him. In 'Tony Kytes', the man gets the girl at the end, but the man in 'Tickets, Please' gets nothing. Throughout history, the relationship between men and women has changed significantly due to the social and historical climate. In the Victorian era, women were treated as objects that were owned by the young suitors that were found for them.
On the other hand, Milly Richards in 'Tony Kytes' is a 'nice, light, tender, little thing'. She epitomises the ideal, weak, submissive Victorian woman. Unity Sallet is a 'handsome girl' who Tony had been very 'tender toward' before he had been engaged to Milly. Unity like Annie is blunt and forward and flirts with Tony, she repeats his name in a 'tender chide' to flatter him. Unity takes control of him by asking him by asking him if she is 'prettier than she?' When Tony speaks to Milly, she repeats 'you', which emphasises that Tony had requested her presence; she suggests that she had been keeping a promise like any reliable person would do. Milly fits in with the Victorian view of women in that she is subservient. She expects men to make decisions and makes little complaint about Tony's flirtation with Unity and Hannah but her grief at Tony's deceit is shown when she lets out a 'long moan'. It is significant that she is metaphorically compared to a mouse when she emits 'an angry, spiteful squeak'. Milly unlike Annie is weak. She respects his name to make him feel big and important. She greets him with 'My dear Tony', which shows that she feels graced by his presence. 'Certainly dearest Tony', she emphasises agreeing to all his suggestions and comments. This shows that Milly is humbled to do whatever Tony wants her to do. For Annie, John Thomas represents 'power, danger and excitement', like the fairground rides, but like the rides, he is an 'artificial wartime substitute'- showy on the outside but lacking substance.
The title 'Tony Kytes, the Arch-Deceiver' is ironic because he's not really an 'arch-deceiver'. He's just weak and pathetic which is shown in his indecisive behaviour. It mocks Tony because his deceit finally rebounds on him. The title 'Tickets, Please' refers to the girls' job on the tramcars, but also suggests that the story is about them. Both stories are written by men, which makes the women portrayed to be the men's ideal. It is significant that at the end of the stories the women want the men in spite of their treatment, which suggests that ultimately the men are the winners. In 'Tony Kytes', the girls seem frivolous, they don't seem like real people with emotions, unlike 'Tickets, Please', where the girls' emotions seem real, like many women, Annie 'prided herself that he could not leave her'. Words of the period have been used but the writers to make the stories feel more authentic. The dialect used is relative to both stories in the way it is written. Words such as 'twas', 'ee' and 'baddish' are used to give flavour of the period and reflect the West Country mode of speech. In 'Tickets, Please' the words like 'hussies' and 'lasses' suggests the working class environment of the countryside. Lawrence gives the impression that women are on the same as footing as men. They are capable of deciding what they want and how they get it, even if in the end they're dissatisfied at the outcome. Hardy gives the impression that women want to get married and that marriage is not about love, but about whom the man would like to marry. In conclusion, human nature is very powerful and the plots make the reader reflect on the human experience. ?? ?? ?? ?? Suzy Railly- 10Bh 1
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